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Silver Minings: Raiders’ playoff odds tumble again

DraftKings Sportsbook has Las Vegas pegged as a long shot to make the postseason

NFL: Las Vegas Raiders at New York Giants
Rich Bisaccia
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It’s the time of year where playoff odds can dramatically change week-to-week and that is especially the case this season in the wild AFC.

Case in point, the Las Vegas Raiders’ chances of being one of seven teams in the AFC to play in the postseason dipped by more than 15 percent after their Week 10 41-14 home loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

According to the Football Outsiders, the Raiders have just a 30.2 percent to advance to the playoffs with eight games remaining. They are 5-4. Our friends at DraftKings Sportsbook currently have the Raiders as a longshot to make the playoffs. They are priced at +225 to make the postseason.

Making things difficult for Las Vegas is the logjam in the conference. Twelve of the 16 teams in the AFC have, at least, five victories, including the Raiders’ Week 11 opponent, the Cincinnati Bengals, who are also 5-4. If the Raiders lose this game, expect their playoff odds to tumble even further. They are currently out of the AFC playoff mix.

In other Raiders’ links:

  • Head-coaching possibilities: NFL Media has a list of coaches the Raiders, and other teams, may consider hiring in less than two months.
  • COVID-19 protocols intensify: Masking is now required inside team facilities for all employees for the next two weeks.
  • Ruggs’ legal update: The judge in the Henry Ruggs III case is now requiring him to appear in court soon after a missed alcohol test.